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April 2, 2014

Following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which struck down aggregate limits on how much individuals may contribute to political candidates and party committees in an election cycle, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement.

March 24, 2014

A new poll reveals a staggering number of Oregonians believe judges’ decisions can be influenced by campaign contributions.

March 19, 2014

Justice at Stake is honored to announce that our Executive Director, Bert Brandenburg, will receive The National Association of Women Judges Partners in Justice Award at a reception to be held Thursday, March 13, in Washington, D.C. NAWJ will present the award to Mr. Brandenburg in appreciation of Justice at Stake’s contribution to NAWJ’s “Informed Voters, Fair Judges” project.

March 12, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg had the following statement in response to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s decision to create five new judgeships in the state.

February 27, 2014

Justice at Stake joined tens of thousands of individuals and organizations that have submitted comments to an IRS proposed rule change governing 501(c)(4) nonprofits, submitting comments that note the change could have unique and unintended consequences for judicial selection.  

January 21, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement marking the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

January 13, 2014

Justice at Stake Applauds First Full Staffing of D.C. Circuit Court Since 1991 Contact: Carolyn Bobb, cbobb@justiceatstake.org, 202-588-9462; cell 240-271-7069   WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2014 - In response to today’s Senate confirmation of Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs...

December 10, 2013

In response to the Senate confirmation of Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Praveen Fernandes issued the following statement.

December 3, 2013

Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that attorney Manuel “Manny” Medrano has joined its Board of Directors.  Medrano is a former federal prosecutor and recipient of numerous honors related to his trial practice.  He is also an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning TV broadcast journalist.  He has served as a judge pro tem, and currently is a partner at Medrano & Carlton, a white collar firm in Los Angeles.

November 21, 2013

 Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs & Diversity Issues Praveen Fernandes released the following statement on the subject of judicial confirmations after filibuster reform.

November 8, 2013

 In the face of politicized anti-retention efforts, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices used television advertisements to help keep their seats in what are generally considered low-key judicial races.

October 30, 2013

Justice at Stake is pleased to recognize an exceptional leader and a distinguished advocate with national awards for their work in Arizona. The awards, the first of their type given by Justice at Stake, will be presented Oct. 31 at a reception hosted by the firm Osborn Maledon at the University Club in Phoenix, AZ.  Mark Harrison, chairman of the Justice at Stake Board of Directors, is a partner with the firm.

October 29, 2013

 A new poll commissioned by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice finds that an overwhelming number of voters believe campaign donations and other special interest spending on judicial elections have an influence on a judge’s decision on the bench.  The findings were released at a National Press Club event highlighting a new report by the groups, The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts. 

October 24, 2013

A new report by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, provides a comprehensive look at 2011-2012 state Supreme Court elections. In the first full election cycle since Citizens United, an explosion of independent spending helped fuel the costliest election cycle for TV spending in judicial election history and posed grave new threats to fair and impartial justice in America.

 
September 27, 2013

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement today in response to an Ohio legislator’s recent call for the impeachment of a federal judge over a marriage ruling.

September 17, 2013

Today, Justice at Stake, along with 26 other nonpartisan groups that support fair courts and civil rights sent a letter urging Congress to provide proper resources for the federal judiciary.

September 13, 2013

Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement in reaction to the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobson v. State of Arizona.

August 9, 2013

Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that Mark Harrison, Chairman of the JAS Board of Directors, was presented with the second annual Charles Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award by the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) at a reception on the evening of August 8, 2013.

August 8, 2013

 A newly enacted Arizona law threatens to politicize the selection of top state judges and jeopardizes public trust in impartial courts, Justice at Stake warned in a legal brief urging the Arizona Supreme Court to strike down the law. 

August 8, 2013

Justice at Stake and fellow partner organizations in the Fair Courts Litigation Task Force launch new website tracking legislation impacting the judicial system. 

August 1, 2013

Justice at Stake issued the following statement announcing that former Florida state Sen. J. Alex Villalobos has joined its Board of Directors. Villalobos is a former Republican Majority Whip in the Florida House of Representatives and a former Republican Majority Leader in the Florida Senate.

July 11, 2013

Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement praising Maryland's movement towards greater diversity on the bench. 

July 1, 2013

Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement on the selection process under way for a Kansas Court of Appeals judgeship under a new law passed this year.

June 14, 2013

Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement in response to the North Carolina House passage of a budget that effectively kills public financing for judicial elections, which mirrors the elimination of public financing in budgets passed by the Senate and proposed by the Governor, 

June 4, 2013

In response to President Obama’s nomination of three new candidates for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Praveen Fernandes issued the following statement.  

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